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Mast cells: Frequently asked questions

Are there mast cells in our gums?

How many mast cells does a normal person have?

Illustration of human torso's internal organs with liver labeled. Image taken from Wikimedia commons and customized by Candace Van Auken

Mast cells are small, and they are scattered throughout your body. However, if you could gather them all together, the total mass of all the mast cells in your body is estimated to be larger than that of your liver! Reference [Selye H. The Mast Cells. Washington, DC: Butterworth; 1965].


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